Thursday, August 21, 2008

CPR Across Arkansas Trains 200


On Saturday, May 31, some 200 central Arkansas residents participated in CPR Across Arkansas, learning lifesaving bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The event was held at War Memorial Stadium and training was conducted on the field, utilizing the Jumbotron.

The training was part of the City Goes Red Initiative, a partnership between Arkansas Heart Hospital and the American Heart Association. Over 40 CPR instructors gave of their time and energy to conduct the training free of charge.

Health screenings were provided and each participating family received a free Family and Friends CPR Anytime Kit. Compression-to-ventilation ratio and administering CPR after each shock with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are some of the new rules being taught by the American Heart Association. Learn more about CPR today.

U.S. House Passes Tobacco Regulation Bill

Statement by M. Cass WheelerCEO,
American Heart Association,
on U.S. House of Representatives Passage
of The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

The U.S. House of Representatives’ historic vote is a testament to how far our nation has come in understanding the deadly impact of tobacco. However, you don't start celebrating when the ball is on the ten-yard line. This will all be for nothing if we don’t score a touchdown with a win in the Senate. Each day, more than one-thousand children smoke their first cigarette. We must act now to protect those children and reduce their risk for smoking-related illnesses such as heart disease and stroke.

The industry has failed miserably in the area of moral responsibility with deceptive marketing practices to addict young and old without any concern for our nation’s public health. Senate leadership should keep this in mind and move quickly to approve the bill before Congress adjourns.

The American Heart Association commends the House for its courageous vote and Representatives Henry Waxman and Tom Davis, Chairmen John Dingell and Frank Pallone, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for their leadership on this issue. With smoking-related cardiovascular disease claiming the lives of 150,000 Americans each year, we cannot overstress the need for tobacco regulation. We urge the Senate to follow the House in passing this important legislation.

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